“The Witching Hour” is our long wanted homage to Francisco Goya y Lucientes.
It is easy to spot the Goya’s influence on our works, with special emphasis on his pinturas negras (dark paintings) and etchings series(Disparates, Caprichos and Disasters of War). His grotesque scenes and figures established a decisive moment in our artistic development, so we owe him more than you can imagine.
The folklore that overflows his darkest paintings has a very straight connection to our very personal mythology, typical from the Iberian countryside. His tales of witches and monsters seem to come from my grandmother’s mouth, the same ones that make me shiver, as a child (and now too).
The first time we went to Prado Museum, in Madrid, no painting called us as much as the “Vuelo de Brujas”, a very small painting with strong brushstrokes. Despite his small size, the painting has visual intensity difficult to match. We felt like we were being swallowed by the nightmarish scene, in a way that we still feel the goosebumps when we see it, even on the internet.